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When I'm reading dense information, often I want to follow links in the text by having them "pop up" over the underlying page in a modal way -- i.e. so that you can't lose context so easily if you switch windows, etc. -- when the modal closes, I'm back to the page that invoked it.

Firefox, like all browsers, allows you to "open link in new window" or "open link in new tab". What I want at these times is "open link in popup", intentionally suppressing the ability to focus the underlying page.

I've tried looking for an add-in which does this, with no luck. Anyone have any suggestions on how I can implement a modal popup like this?

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this makes no sense, open link in new windows is basically open link in new pop up. – Sickest Feb 21 '14 at 18:45
what does intentionally suppressing the ability to focus the underlying page. this mean exactly? – Sickest Feb 21 '14 at 18:47
A "modal popup" is a software engineering concept: it means that the new window takes away it's parent's ability to receive mouse and keyboard focus. This is a very common design idiom for web and native applications. Not quite sure why someone would downrate simply because they're not familiar enough with computers to understand the term, but that's what it means. – Stabledog Feb 21 '14 at 19:04
@Sickest A "Modal" window means it's a child window that suspends interaction with the parent window that spawned it until the child window is closed. – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Feb 21 '14 at 19:05
SE sites in general are just not the place to ask for product recommendations (exception:, they're better suited for a forum instead of a Q&A site. I'd suggest editing your question and rewriting it to be about requesting a solution to popup a web page modally, instead of looking for a piece of software that does it. Ensure you include what you've tried already, and where you're getting stuck implementing a solution that does it. – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Feb 21 '14 at 19:11

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